State Has Record Year For Maple Syrup Production

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in a press release last week announced that New York’s maple industry hit a 74-year record this with the production of 806,000 gallons of maple syrup.

The maple industry in New York has grown by nearly 50 percent in the last five years and continues to maintain the state’s standing as the second leading producer of fresh maple syrup in the nation.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York’s maple production constituted about 19 percent of the national total. The number of maple taps also continues to climb, with more than 2.73 million taps in production in 2018, the highest number of taps since 1943.

New York producers also benefited from a long season in 2018 which lasted 52 days, compared to 43 days in 2017.

In celebration of New York’s growing maple industry, the New York State Fair will hold its first-ever Maple Day on Monday, August 27. Maple Day is sponsored by the New York State Maple Producers Association and will feature maple products, such as maple cotton candy, maple donuts, pancakes with maple syrup, and more, that can be sampled at locations across the Fairgrounds.

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